Critical Linking: December 7, 2012
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

The Washington Post, one of the last holdouts against the trend of charging readers for online access to newspaper articles, is likely to reverse that decision in 2013, according to people familiar with the matter.

Well, crap. You’ll be missed here in Critical Linking, WaPo.


Markus Dohle, the chief executive of Random House, promised employees — from top editors to warehouse workers — a $5,000 annual bonus to celebrate a profitable year. The cheering went on for minutes, according to people in attendance.

All those 50 Shades of jokes you make? Well, Random House is laughing, right along with its employees, all the way to the bank.


Mr. Sepinwall’s book, which was self-published, has all the immediacy and attention to detail that has won his blog so many followers (including this one).

Holy crap. Kakutani reviewed a self-published book. AND SHE READS BLOGS!?! How is this not on TMZ right now!?!


So how do the Foundation novels look to me now that I have, as my immigrant grandmother used to say, grown to mature adultery? Better than ever. The trilogy really is a unique masterpiece; there has never been anything quite like it.

Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, nerds out about Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. Hard.

Critical Linking: November 5, 2012

“Time is running out faster on the print products than magazine publishers anticipated, and their tablet products, readers and advertisers aren’t yet ready to replace that print,” Mr. Doctor added. 

If you want your periodical to survival, then I would suggest thinking of your digital product as primary, rather than as an add-on. In this case, the life-boat needs to be bigger than the ships it’s on.


It’s crazy to help someone steal my work, I know, but I couldn’t resist striking up a tenuous partnership with him. I still don’t know who he’s working for—no one has sought the Russian rights to the novel. 

For the record, plagiarism isn’t stealing. Only stealing is stealing.


I quit. Nemesis is my last book.

For some reason, Philip Roth decided to announce that he’s done writing in an Italian magazine.


If the rungs of the income ladder are as far apart as they are in the United States, then it is much harder to climb to the top. The “Great Gatsby” curve in the figure below is evidence of this: countries with higher inequality have less intergenerational mobility.

This seems an odd term for this phenomenon, as The Great Gatsby was precisely about someone who had climbed the ladder.